Franjic is finally feeling at home in Brisbane

Ivan Franjic trains with his Roar teammates at Ballymore.
Ivan Franjic trains with his Roar teammates at Ballymore.

FORGOTTEN Socceroo Ivan Franjic believes he can revive his 2018 World Cup selection hopes at Brisbane Roar.

A member of Australia's 2014 World Cup squad and 2015 Asian Cup-winning contingent, Franjic has not played for the Socceroos in more than two years.

Injuries and mixed fortunes at club level since leaving the Roar in August 2014 for Russian outfit Torpedo Moscow haven't helped the fullback's cause.

His Russian adventure ended after just eight months and he returned to the A-League with Melbourne City.

That stint lasted until July this year, when he moved to South Korean team Daegu FC. But having made just two appearances, he quit Daegu last month and rejoined the Roar less than four weeks later.

"I'm not a person that speaks badly about things," the three-time A-League-title winner said of his forgettable time at Daegu.


"I went there, and what happened, happened. I got a bit of a niggle, I continued to train and it got worse ¬ it's good to be back.

"When I walked back into Ballymore (Brisbane's training base), it was like I never left there. It was something special to come back, seeing so many familiar faces at the place where I first started my professional career."

The Roar have taken a cautious approach with Franjic. The only action he has enjoyed since returning to Brisbane was the five minutes he played last Saturday in a 3-1 loss to Sydney FC.

He hopes for more game time when the Roar meet Western Sydney Wanderers at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

"But it's up to the coach (John Aloisi). As a player you always think you can play a long stint," 30-year-old Franjic said.


"For me it's about working hard day by day, week by week, and do as much as I can to help the team and help the younger boys as well."

Franjic is confident the Roar, currently second from bottom, can revive their fortunes, and play finals football for an eighth successive season.

"If we can string together three or four wins then we're right back up there. It's about having confidence and belief in one another," he said.

A strong Roar season involving Franjic on a weekly basis will increase his chances of going to a second World Cup.

"It would be nice to be in the World Cup squad. What's important is playing week in, week out, and then seeing what happens from there," he said.

"Going to a World Cup is something that you dream about all the time."

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